Jake Paul vs Ben Askren Breakdown, Betting Odds, and Predictions

Well, Jack Paul is finally going to fight Ben Askren.

Jack, wait his name is Jake?

Okay, Jake Paul sounds better anyways. Yes, the Youtube star who is famous for something along with his brother is going to fight for the first time since starching former NBA sub-6-footer Nate Robinson.

The man went to the shadow realm but it isn’t like Nate had skills. He just ran into punches from the much bigger man. Paul is not going to have that same kind of size advantage when he fights former MMA fighter, Ben Askren.

Ben is a guy who appears to have never trained a day of striking in his life. I know that sounds like a bold statement but have you seen him hit the bag or worse, try to engage another world class MMA fighter on the feet?

He is NOT good.

Ben is known for his wrestling prowess and not much else. If there was ever a specialist in modern mixed martial arts, it is Ben. I know he has been training his boxing for this fight but come on, how much can he really learn in just a few months?

  • Paul, conversely, doesn’t have the world class combat sports experience that the All American wrestler and former MMA world champion Askren has but he does look a heck of a lot better on the bag and the mitts.
  • Ben has never really held any sort of explosiveness in his game or at least not in the striking department so I believe it will behoove Ben to make this fight as much of a clinch battle as he can.

Now, considering the fact that Triller has much more of a vested interest in Paul than Askren, the referee will likely be coached to break the clinch as soon as possible.

This kind of stuff happens all the time.

I’m not saying McGregor would have beaten Floyd but the referee was clearly on the stylistic side of the latter.

Let’s go ahead look at the betting odds from BetOnline for Paul vs Askren and make a prediction from there!

Logan, I mean Jack, I mean Jake Paul (-170) vs Ben Askren (+150)

This line, I mean, I get it but Ben Askren has a serious Jay Leno chin going on and if he was never knocked out as a pro other than by an infamous flying Street Judas knee, I think he can handle some boxing gloves bouncing off the side of his head.

Technically, we can’t get too deep into this one because we have never seen Jack fight any kind of combat sports athlete in the past and Ben has never boxed in his life much less in an actual boxing match in front of millions of eyes.

Cardio goes to Askren. Toughness and durability to Askren. Experience goes to the MMA fighter as well. He has championship level fights against some of the best athletes in the world.

Technique goes to Paul. The athleticism goes to Paul as well. Speed is certainly on the side of the favorite in this fight.

So, who wins this thing?

Jack is for sure taking his training seriously. He is working out with some of the best guys in the world and has a boatload of cash to get him the best private lessons known to man day in and day out.

Picking a winner is tough but I like this fight to go over at least a few rounds. Paul is not likely going to get slept by Ben who will mostly be focused on tying up the Youtuber and throwing some rabbit punches.

Please Note:
Askren needs to make it dirty and ugly. That is the key for him and that will play into this fight going the distance most likely. I am not sure why the betting lines are so skewed towards a finish but whatever. Just the way the two men match up, this could be a really boring fight. Ben isn’t going to stand at range and trade with the faster, more technical, in the gym at least, athlete. Askren will steadily be closing the distance.

Sure, he could run into a straight right hand or check hook that rocks him but I would seriously be impressed if Jack hurts Ben and puts him away.

Does Jake even have the heart to fight? We don’t really know but this video here gives us a solid clue.

The thing to do here for Paul was to punch Askren. There was nothing else he could have done at this point. Someone mushes you like that as they turn their back and you give them a pat on the butt?!

Paul should have cracked him but he didn’t. Is it discipline or is he being a heartless weak minded mush?

Askren knows the advantage he gained with this move and he has immortalized it on his Instagram page.


For this, I want to bet Askren and if you guys want to pick a winner and make that play then go with the (+150) on Ben. The smart bet, though, in my opinion, is on the over 3.5 rounds at (-137). Hey, I think this one is going the distance but what a good price on these two to make it halfway through round 4.

The Bets
Over 3.5 Rounds

In Conclusion

These two polar opposites of human beings will finally fight this weekend on Triller. Unfortunately, for the entire world that Snoop Dogg is commentating. I would say bless his heart but his lungs probably need the prayers more.

I feel like someone is blasting rapid Euro techno at 2 am on a Tuesday when I have to listen to Snoop Dogg commentate fights. I have always been a fan of Calvin Broadus ever since he was slim with the tilted brim in the early 90s.

I grew up on the guy and even saw him in concert once with Linkin Park and Korn but he freaking sucks on the mic as a commentator. With that said, I more or less hate every commentator that isn’t Jon Anik or maybe Mike Bisbing nowadays.

Sometimes, I just watch en Espanol so I don’t have to deal with it.

I need to hear the strikes land but I feel like the commentary more often than not these days, takes away from the fight.

That’s just me, though. Let’s hope Ben Askren does his thing with the clinch and ties up Jackson Pauly for at least the first few rounds. Get your bets in now and enjoy the long-awaited scrap between these two trash talkers.


Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.

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